SUMMARY

A show that takes you through the Underworld and back! Orpheus depicts Orpheus's journey, with a little embellishments built upon the original mythology, through the Underworld to rescue his beloved wife, Eurydice, after being taken by Pluto, King of the Underworld. You are taken on a ride through Orpheus battling his way through Pluto's minions until Orpheus stumbles upon Pluto. Being the God of Music, Orpheus requests through his lyre (in the show, a baritone) that Pluto return his wife to him. His virtuosic playing was so beautiful that Plato couldn't refuse, and would return his wife to him under one condition: that he would not look back at her as she followed him, until they had reached the upper world. Unfortunately, Orpheus's worries got the best of him, and in the second he looked behind himself, Eurydice was stolen away again, forever. Riddled with grief and anger, he had nothing to do but play his lyre until he passed away. The show ends with a triumphant tone, celebrating Orpheus's legacy and legend.


INSTRUMENTATION

 

WINDS
Piccolo
Flute
Clarinet in Bb 1, 2
Bass Clarinet
Alto Sax
Tenor Sax
Baritone Sax

Trumpet in Bb 1, 2
Mellophone
Trombone
Baritone
Tuba

PERCUSSION
Synthesizer
Vibraphone
Glockenspiel
Marimba 1, 2
Chimes
Percussion 1, 2, 3

 

REPERTOIRE

Symphony for Brass and Percussion - Alfred Reed
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair - Claude Debussy
With Heart and Voice - David Gillingham
Original music by Alex Thode


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INFORMATION

CUSTOM ARRANGEMENT
Year Commissioned: 2016
Difficulty: Grade 4
Duration: 8:35 (with pre-show); 7:50 (without pre-show)

Commissioned by the Apollo High School Marching Band (KY) - Mr. Chris Spivey, Director


$1,500

Winds & Front Ensemble